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Dana Point to Las Vegas via Joshua Tree National Park

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Dana Point to Las Vegas road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Dana Point to Las Vegas. If you're planning a road trip to Las Vegas, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Dana Point
drive for about 3 hours

1:50 pm  Joshua Tree National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Joshua Tree National Park
drive for about 3 hours

1:56 pm  Sky Combat Ace
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:56 pm
drive for about 23 minutes

3:19 pm  arrive in Las Vegas
stay at Bellagio Hotel

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Joshua Tree National Park  (24 mentions)
    questions about Joshua Tree National Park:
        First-timer weekend in Joshua tree with girlfriends
        Best campsites at Joshua Tree?
        Joshua Tree adventure

Sky Combat Ace  (3 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Las Vegas?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Las Vegas.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Bellagio Hotel, which was mentioned 51 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

MGM Grand Las Vegas  (35 mentions)
Wynn Hotel Las Vegas  (32 mentions)
The Cosmopolitan  (27 mentions)

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Where's the best place to eat in Las Vegas?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Giada, which was mentioned 9 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Mon Ami Gabi  (7 mentions)
Wicked Spoon  (7 mentions)
Lotus of Siam  (5 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Las Vegas? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Las Vegas?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Downtown Container Park  (15 mentions)
High Roller  (10 mentions)
The Mob Museum  (8 mentions)
Neon Museum  (8 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Las Vegas. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Las Vegas to Dana Point drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Dana Point to Las Vegas. Or get a full Dana Point to Las Vegas flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Dana Point well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Dana Point!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 397 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 3 minutes
12 Dana Point travel answers
324 Las Vegas travel answers





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